Civic Participation and the Process of Local Community Revitalization: Multinational Perpective and Experience. I
From the perspective of many regions, Western cities seem to be more developed, prosperous, democratic and their residents seem to be more involved in local issues. Western cities have become a kind of a model for cities around the World leading to two significant phenomenon recently observed.
Strong pro-development and pro-growth tendencies. In this context the processes of revitalization become more and more interesting for municipalities, non-governmental organizations, inhabitants, as well as city researchers. Revitalization is to be seen as a remedy to the city crisis and all problems “inherited” from the previous system.
Increasing citizens' interest in the affairs of the city is also observed. Some groups of residents are willing to have stronger impact on the city policy, and be involved in shaping it. City authorities are also more willing to invite residents to decision-making processes. Public consultation, participatory budgets become more and more popular and obvious to authorities as well as residents.
Whereas these two phenomena are very important and connected, during our session we would like to discuss the role of civic participation in the context of revitalization, both with reference to Western perspective and experience, and to the rest of the World. We would like to discuss the level of civic participation in cities of different regions of the World, as well as determinants of its level. We would like to exchange experiences with researchers from different countries and cities on the revitalization and urban policies.
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